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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (96 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tudor Parfitt Narrator: Graeme Malcolm Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Lost Ark of the Covenant is the real-life account of Professor Tudor Parfitt's effort to recover the revered artifact that contained the Ten Commandments sacred to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This holy object disappeared from the Temple in Jerusalem when the Babylonians invaded in 586 BCE and was lost—apparently forever.

With painstaking historical scholarship, groundbreaking genetic science, and hair-raising fieldwork, Parfitt debunks the previous myths and reveals the shocking history of the Ark and its keepers. From Israel to Egypt, Ethiopia, and the ruins of Great Zimbabwe, the journey leads to places Parfitt could never have imagined.

The Lost Ark of the Covenant is a vivid and page-turning account of the culmination of two decades of research by an acclaimed scholar and adventurer. In the end, legend becomes reality as an unknown history comes to light, and with it our understanding of this lost treasure is changed forever.

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  • “Thoroughly cinematic in tone, with scenes of heartstopping action and featuring characters so quirky they feel more fictional than real…But the book also has strong scholarly underpinnings that explain the mystical nature of the Ark.” 


  • “Parfitt reveals a rare talent for combining rigorous academic standards with a sense of drama, an elegant style, and, most pleasing of all, the eye for fine detail of a first-class travel writer.” 


  • “Parfitt’s book resembles a novel by Graham Greene not only in its exotic settings and characters but in its insight and wisdom too.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Narrator Graeme Malcolm sharpens the elaborate word portraits of the characters by giving pristine foreign accents to their English…he becomes a clever ‘quick-change artist’ as two people of different ethnic backgrounds speak to each other…In the numerous conversations and musings, he also adds the ethereal element of charm to the author's subtle humor. In short, Malcolm transforms Parfitt's odyssey to discover the world's most sought-after artifact from a book to a travel experience.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katie Christian | 1/16/2014

    " Really, really well written. I loved the surprise twist ending! Are we *sure* this is non-fic? :) Loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Angie | 10/28/2013

    " This guy thinks a lot of himself...reminds me of one of those self-styled Colonial-Era gentleman-explorers. Seriously, ego runs throughout, even though the subject matter is interesting. Heard about this one on NPR -- he did an interview. Not impressed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Andy | 2/4/2013

    " Kind of like a program on the History Channel. The science was pretty light. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jared | 8/6/2012

    " An autobiographical travelog of a British adventurer. Thin on science, heavy on character and odd details. A strangely compelling read. "

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About the Author

Tudor Parfitt's life’s work has been about tracking down the lost tribes of Israel in Africa and Asia. As Professor of Jewish Studies at London’s prestigious School of Oriental and African Studies, and Fellow of the Oxford Centre of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, he has written widely on the history of the Jews of Africa and Asia. In 2006, he was appointed Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. As a broadcaster, he wrote and presented In Search of the Sons of Abraham for Channel Four, has written a number of documentaries for the BBC, and was the subject of an episode of CBS’s 60 Minutes. He has traveled widely through remote areas of Africa and Asia and divides his time between London and the Templar region of the South Aveyron.